Yellowknife (Wednesday, August 04, 2010) — The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre will host a reception with the creator of the ongoing exhibit “Fragments” – the Yellowknife-born, Morocco-based artist Blake Ward. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend a reception on Friday, August 6th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Blake will lead brief talks at 5:30 p.m. on the social responsibility of artists, and at 7:00 p.m. on Canada’s involvement in landmine removal.The sculptures, on display at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre since mid-May, are dedicated to raising awareness and contributing to the solution of the landmine crisis in developing countries. Designed to show the impact of landmines on the human form, the sculptures were inspired by Blake’s experiences in post-war Vietnam where he witnessed the ongoing danger that landmines pose.
Each Fragments sculpture is a ¼ life-sized fragmented figure modelled from life in clay using ancient Greek sculpting techniques. The sculptures are cast in bronze in Bologna, Italy and then hand finished.
Blake’s Fragments sculptures have toured the UK, Monaco, and the USA raising awareness about landmines and funds to address the problem. In October 2010, the sculptures will be on exhibit in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Proceeds from the previous sale of Fragments sculptures have been used for clearing minefields in Vietnam and Afghanistan, supporting cluster munitions removal in Kosovo, mapping minefields in Angola, and providing mine-risk education to children who live in countries contaminated by minefields.
For more information on the exhibit or the event, please contact:
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-3059